Posts tagged ‘illustration’

April 21, 2018

The Reckoning.

The dog waiting to cross the road. The elephant in the temple fair. The solitary fish in the aquarium. The bird in her golden cage.
Every time we see them, we are reminded of the truth – this land, this river, this air belongs to them too.
We were the usurpers, we have eaten well.
Justice will be served, shortly.

Imagining a better world on Earth Day at designfabric.in, with this short comic collaboration with Pratheek and Tina Thomas at Studio Kokaachi. Other illustrated pieces in this series here.

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March 27, 2018

Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes.


First published in 1879, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, by Robert Louis Stevenson, was one of the earliest accounts of a colourful multi-day backpacking trip in the mountains. The book is full of things going wrong in beautiful inhospitable places, and twelve days of uneventful walking and unhelpful people, with a (much-abused) backpack-toting donkey on an inconsequential journey. Here’s my cover for the 2017 edition by Speaking Tiger, art directed by the awesome Maithili Doshi.


Here’s a rough drawing that didn’t become the cover:

This edition also includes handlettered section titles I did, like these:

October 9, 2017

Lori’s Magical Mystery.

Illustrations (and some outtakes) for Kartik Shanker‘s deliciously moonsoon-soaked, irreverent, magical and mysterious book, Lori’s Magical Mystery (Puffin, 2017). Faint strains of the Beatles playing in the background, though we’re lost deep in the southern Western Ghats.

 

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October 9, 2017

Wandering Wolves – I

Wandering Wolves – I, the story of wolf OR-7′s journey across Oregon to California and back. First released at Christchurch Zine Fest 2017.
Two-colour double-sided riso print, A3-folds-into-A5; printed by the awesome M/K Press.

August 29, 2017

Vampire in Love.

Enrique Vila-Matas’ Vampire in Love (Speaking Tiger), with the iconic, comic, tragic Quasimodo-meets-Nosferatu José Ferrato I drew for its cover.

 

August 29, 2016

A Conversation on Climate Change.

An illustration for Current Conservation Vol 10 Issue 2, for a conversation between Amitav Ghosh and Kartik Shanker on Ghosh’s newest book – The Great Derangement, and our apparent inability (even indifference) to the global effects of climate change, and how collective action to counter these are mired in opinion or belief rather than a considered response to facts. The illustration was created using the author’s analysis of modern historical events and current ways of living; making cataclysmic storms, tornadoes and rising sea levels possibly an inevitable result of anthropogenic climate change.

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August 17, 2016

Coral Reef Resilience.

Cover for Current Conservation Vol 10 Issue 2, showing the bleaching and gradual deterioration of corals in response to rising sea temperatures caused by climate change. Based on the article “Living with Change: local responses to global impacts in India’s oceanic coral reefs” by Rohan Arthur, Vardhan Patankar and Naveen Namboothri, in this issue.

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August 1, 2016

SPRING Magazin#13.

SPRING Magazin is a comics anthology now in its 13th volume. In spring this year, this volume was conceptualized, discussed, argued over, doodled, drawn and quartered by 16 German and Indian comic artists at Nrityagram, Bangalore (supported by Goethe Instutut, New Delhi). The theme of this volume is The Elephant in the Room (published by Mairisch Verlag, 2016). Each graphic story speaks on womens’ issues in different, individual ways – exploring different facets of that elephant who inhabits many rooms.  Here’s my elephant on the cover (with assorted supporting characters).

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Having spent two months previously in the company of several unforgettable canines, as well as drawing at Nrityagram with the two resident dogs close at hand – it was almost inevitable that my graphic story for SPRING turned out to be about bitches – the ones that raise society’s eyebrows by conforming to no known expectations and going forth true to themselves. Here are the pups without whom the story would never have happened.

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And here are some drawings that helped define the characters I was going to draw at the residency, with the help of Dash, Bolt and Socks (and their humans, Pratheek and Tina Thomas of Studio Kokaachi).

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Some further explorations of style and personality in my sketchbook at Nrityagram, using our daily drawing exercises and Guru and Swami as willing, easygoing, biscuit-guzzling models.

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And here is an extract from the finished comic.

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